The Singapore-based low cost carrier Jetstar Asia has appointed general sales agent European Cargo Services (ECS) to run their freight business.  A major assignment including the airline’s entire cargo activities at Singapore Changi Airport and 25 further destinations that are currently part of their rapidly expanding network. Read more>

DPresented Finnair Cargo and the carrier’s “Cool Nordic Hub” at the September ACD: Janne Tarvainen (center) and Uwe Beck (second from right). They are flanked by ACD leaders Mathias Jakobi (left), Winfried Hartmann (second from left) and Christoph Papke (far right).

Janne Tarvainen, Vice President-Head of Cargo for Finnair Cargo, was guest of the German Air Cargo Club’s September gathering in FRA. He titled his presentation on Finnair Cargo as “The Underdogs from the North.”
A strange choice considering how well Finnair Cargo seems to be doing. Read more>

Amazon breached rules
Amazon breached rules

Following the nine-day trial, which ended this week, the UK unit of global e-commerce giant Amazon was fined £65.000 after a jury at Southwark Crown Court earlier found the e-tailer guilty of attempting to ship dangerous goods by air.

 

The prosecution was brought by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which presented four counts "of causing dangerous goods to be delivered for carriage in an aircraft,” offenses under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002. Read more>

Image of New Premia  -  courtesy IAG
Image of New Premia - courtesy IAG

IAG Cargo called and about a dozen people from the media flocked to the carrier’s headquarters at London Heathrow Airport in anticipation of hearing something new. Their expectations were not disappointed because the managers had a lot to announce like the building of a state-of-the-art premium freight facility, a new product that will go online soon and an insight outlook on IAG Cargo’s strategy and business perspective.
It was worth, participating! Read more>

UPS Asia-Pacific president Ross McCullough (left) and Rick Smith, co-founder and CEO of Fast Radius.
UPS Asia-Pacific president Ross McCullough (left) and Rick Smith, co-founder and CEO of Fast Radius.

UPS has announced that, together with its partner Fast Radius, it will open a 3D printing factory in a UPS facility in Singapore by the end of this year.
The Singapore facility will be the first factory outside the U.S. to provide the on-demand 3D printing network to Asia.

 

UPS also will establish an Advanced Solutions team in Asia to create a Centre of Excellence that develops supply chain solutions and promotes wider applicability of 3D printing with customers.

Businesses can use the Fast Radius On Demand Production Platform to produce industrial parts, which are expedited for delivery via UPS’s global and intra-Asia transportation network. Read more>

Ukraine aircraft producer Antonov’s renewed AN-22 Antei has performed its first commercial service. The inaugural flight of the worldwide largest turboprop aircraft took off from Zurich to Abu Dhabi. Read more>

IN BRIEF, THE LATEST AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY NEWS. Read more>

EK SkyCargo’s new pharma facility  -  courtesy Emirates
EK SkyCargo’s new pharma facility - courtesy Emirates

Up to now, Emirates SkyCargo is not known as a player that has put pharmaceutical goods high on the loading sheet. This hesitance the Arabian airline said it would give up to follow a more offensive pharma approach instead. The opening of the newly built ‘Emirates SkyPharma’ warehouse at Dubai International (DXB) triggered this change in strategy. Read more>

Alibaba's founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma
Alibaba's founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) which will create a dedicated promotional channel in China for Australian companies.

 

In a statement, Austrade said that the agreement will help introduce new Australian brands to Alibaba’s 434 million online shoppers.

Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner in China, Michael Clifton, said: “Online delivery of imported fresh food in China is becoming increasingly viable as a result of improvements in last-mile cold chain logistics. Read more>

British Airways will use a Boeing 777 instead of their 747 on flights to Sao Paulo.
British Airways will use a Boeing 777 instead of their 747 on flights to Sao Paulo.

The air cargo market continues as a volatile problem child for the airlines, handlers and shippers.
January to June figures showed slight pick-ups in some of the most important trading areas, but also worrying declines in markets within the South American and African regions.
Whether the cargo flows pick up enough during the second half of this year to warrant all players to have some more confidence, remains to be seen. Read more>

Trucks parked at congested and unguarded parking lots are often targeted by cargo thefts
Trucks parked at congested and unguarded parking lots are often targeted by cargo thefts

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has presented disturbing figures of freights thefts in 1H 2016. According to the organization, 1,024 severe cargo thefts occurred in the first six months of 2016 in the EMEA region, particularly in Europe. A worrisome rise of 101 percent year-on-year. Read more>

Cutting the cake was one of the more pleasant tasks for BRU Airport’s CEO Arnaud Feist in reacent times  -  photos: ms
Cutting the cake was one of the more pleasant tasks for BRU Airport’s CEO Arnaud Feist in reacent times - photos: ms

Last week, Brussels Airport’s cargo community was invited to the official launch of the umbrella organisation of ‘Air Cargo Belgium’ (ACB). The event was more than well attended, demonstrating the great interest of the players involved to combine their forces. The official launching ceremony was topped by the cutting of cake specially baked for the occasion.

 

The keynote speech at the ceremony was delivered by Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company. He acknowledged that ACB’s inception was an important moment for BruCargo. “They make up a community of over 5,000 air cargo enthusiasts and another 10,000 jobs indirectly depend on BruCargo,” exclaimed the executive. Read more>

Trains are running 15 days, covering 10,600 kilometers  -  courtesy DB Cargo
Trains are running 15 days, covering 10,600 kilometers - courtesy DB Cargo

Railway giant Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the Chinese city of Hefei signed a MoU to launch weekly freight trains across the Eurasian land bridge. The service will commence at the beginning of October.

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The relations between Russia and the Ukraine are deteriorating further, becoming increasingly sinister. Now, a new chapter in the conflict has been opened, with the Ukrainian state-run Antonov Group announcing a flight ban on the entire Russia-registered AN-124 fleet for all operations outside their national territory. In addition, the Kiev-based aircraft maker said it would cancel cooperation deals agreed between the Russian aviation companies and the Antonov Group. Read more>

The Ukrainian-based aircraft manufacturer, Antonov, has been having a hard time of it lately due to the continued bad relations between Russia and the Ukraine.

Unfinished business in Kiev: second An-225 awaiting completion  -  source: AN
Unfinished business in Kiev: second An-225 awaiting completion - source: AN


The future of the Kiev-headquartered builder of large transport aircraft such as the AN-124, AN-225 and the smaller AN-178 passenger jet has been jeopardized and reports at the beginning of the year suggested that Antonov may well have to close up shop.
It seems that a “Chinese” solution may well keep Antonov in the skies. Read more>